The "Curse of the Crooked Doorman" happened to us last night. A local club in my area has had some bad tendencies in the past regarding bands getting paid correctly. We hadn't had that problem with this venue all year. Until last night. Most bands at this club sign a contract that states the club gets the first $200 through the door and the band gets everything after that. That also allows the headlining band (or band that set up the show) to name their own door charge. Some bands will charge $10-$12, others less. Our theory is a $5 cover charge: its worked very well for us and we always pack the place to "capacity". There is a one in, one out rule when there is lines to to prevent the club from breaking fire codes. Now here's the problem. This club has a capacity of 193 and pretty much based on the doorman's discretion, that's all you get paid for. No matter what the turnover was for in and outs. Meaning even if more people came and went throughout the night you only get paid for "capacity". This is what happened last night. The doorman made a killing. They paid us up to "capacity" and not a dime more. We played in June to a smaller crowd and made $400 more than last night. Our show last night had a line all night long, and the one in-one out rule was in effect. There had to be at least 250+, including people who left and new people who came in. So based on a small estimate the door pocketed almost $250, likely much more.. I know, we should have our own person watching the door and taking a tally with a clicker. We know that now. I know the club is into making money, that's there business. Skimming off the top of what was supposed to be for the bands (according to the contract) is just shady, shady stuff. Anyone else have a Crooked Doorman/Club story they'd like to tell?